Lee Enterprises Reviews

Updated April 11, 2015
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  1. Sports Designer/Copy Editor

    Former Employee - Designer/Copy Editor in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Designer/Copy Editor in Provo, UT

    I worked at Lee Enterprises part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Made some good friends. Loved working in journalism.

    Cons

    Horrible management. Replaced a publisher/Managing Editor with decades of experience with a dumb kid 2 years out of college who completely changed things and merged departments which were running fine just because he had the power to change things and then proceeded to do so to justify his title.. Our department moved our desks and work area three times in less than two years on his capricious whims and all of his strategies eventually failed. He did manage to destroy morale. HR is a joke and the simplest thing like an employment verification for a rental application was a major pain and took too long. Final straw was when Lee decided to go with a Regional Design Center in the midwest and use a cookie cutter approach to the design of their many different newspapers and they outsourced our entire department's jobs with just 3 weeks notice, letting many great people go including folks who had worked at the paper for decades. Many people will be happy when print journalism completely dies off and Lee goes out of business..

    Advice to Management

    Loyalty in the workplace is a TWO way street. You want employees who are hard-working and loyal to Lee, but you refuse to return that loyalty in the form of performance reviews, raises or even job security. SHAME on you. You deserve to go out of business.

  2. Dying Industry - Management are Hypocrites - Stay Away

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    Former Employee - Sales and Marketing Representative in Lincoln, NE
    Former Employee - Sales and Marketing Representative in Lincoln, NE

    I worked at Lee Enterprises full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Friends made with co-workers. Helping customers.

    Cons

    Micromanagement, Unresponsive HR department to concerns about upper management conduct, no pay increases while big wigs raked it in.

    Advice to Management

    Pass down some of that bonus money down the pipe.
    Put an immediate stop to office affairs - no excuse for boss employee relationships.
    Stop micromanaging.

  3. Horrible place to be an entry level employee in advertising.

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    Former Employee - Advertising Sales
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales

    I worked at Lee Enterprises full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The editorial side of the company was excellent and well educated.

    Cons

    Horrible HR department, no room for growth, extreme turnover rate, little training for new hires, and a generally very passive aggressive environment.

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    The most dysfunctional corporation to ever exist.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davenport, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davenport, IA

    I worked at Lee Enterprises full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I made some really good friends.

    Cons

    The management is young, inexperienced, and immature. They have no idea how to handle conflict among st employees or customers, They are very immature. The hourly salary is pathetic for someone with a college education. The HR department doesn't care about employees and their well being, and could care less if you have a concern. The working environment is not conducive to productive work flow. The sales team that is constantly on the phone, sits too close to the individuals that aren't. They also play loud and inappropriate music in the workplace.

    Advice to Management

    1. Get a college education.
    2. Act like you are an adult.
    3. Stop having office affairs.
    4. Act like a manager, and handle situations accordingly.
    5. Be consistent in disciplining employees.
    6. Get managerial training.

  6. Classified ad sales

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    Current Employee - Inside Classified Sales in Albany, OR
    Current Employee - Inside Classified Sales in Albany, OR

    I have been working at Lee Enterprises full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    loved the people I worked with
    Allowed me to voice my opinions and complaints without ramifications

    Cons

    Poor pay, inadequate phone system, inadequate computer program for taking classified advertising. It was new, but slow and wasn't designed by people that knew anything about advertising. Getting this system was like taking 3 giant steps backwards. Nobody in management seemed to care.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to attract good employees you need to pay them better and treat them better. You need to have an understanding what each job entails and make sure that the equipment you provide is the best in its' field. Not some 1/2 baked piece of "work"

  7. Very disappointing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lee Enterprises full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent co-workers to start with, but the company culture creates animosity.

    Cons

    Micromanagement, uncertain work environment due to many layoffs and zero team loyalty.

    Advice to Management

    There is an incredible amount of useless paperwork and duplicate forms. Value your employees ad they will produce better.

  8. Horrible Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lee Enterprises

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Casual environment with generally friendly co-workers overall. Lots of promises of improvement to come but lack of execution. Not much else was positive.

    Cons

    There was lack of training and management seemed annoyed anytime people tried to talk to them. There also does not seem to be much room for advancement. The atmosphere is very childlike with people clearly on rather long personal phone calls.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Toxic and abusive environment (Townnews.com only)

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programmer in Moline, IL
    Former Employee - Programmer in Moline, IL

    I worked at Lee Enterprises full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I met a few cool people and I did manage to learn quite a few new skill.

    Cons

    I don't think my boss ever said one thing to me that wasn't condescending. It was incredibly frustrating to work as hard as you can every day and be confronted with nothing but insults and harassment. There was a clique of management and a few select employees that were their friends that would harass, berate and behave totally unprofessionally. Management knows of the environment but it's being done by friends and family of a VP and they are totally protected.

    I should have left earlier. I stayed too long and wound up just walking out.

    Also, compensation is very low. Townnews.com is tied to the newspaper industry and isn't able to provide competitive pay in the technology sector.

    Advice to Management

    The office culture is too far gone. I couldn't even begin to fix their problem. Multiple people need to be replaced. I don't think their attitudes can be changed at this point.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Destined for destitution

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Does IT Matter? All the Jobs There Suck in Decatur, IL
    Former Employee - Does IT Matter? All the Jobs There Suck in Decatur, IL

    I worked at Lee Enterprises full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    What can I say? I spent three years at the Decatur newspaper working with retail sales, the newsroom, the photographers, marketing, and classified ad department. I guess some of the people were okay. You know - the grunts who actually did the work?

    Cons

    Management, management, management,...all utterly worthless. Pointing out actual "cons" is an exercise in simply multiplying every employment factor by zero - a simple waste of time to even quantify all the poor aspects of this place of employment. The list of how to improve things with a wrecking ball would be shorter...and more effective.

    Advice to Management

    Quit now while you're behind (way behind).

  11. Helpful (3)

    Slowly Sinking Ship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Newsroom in Davenport, IA
    Former Employee - Newsroom in Davenport, IA

    I worked at Lee Enterprises full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people working in the trenches.

    Cons

    Poor management in an industry that needs creative ideas in order to survive. Many employees stick it out because they have spouses with good jobs in the community. Unattached employees typically don't stay for more than a couple of years before moving on, especially the most talented ones.

    Advice to Management

    Give up the perks you seem to expect, invest more time in day to day activities, and promote from within ( although morale is so bad at this point that it may not matter anymore).

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